Who's your Dandy?
Hello! My name is John-Duane Kingsley, and I am delighted you stopped by to check out my page. I'm currently a Master's Candidate in the Masters of Decorative Arts & Design History Program at George Washington University. Before entering graduate school, I had a career working in historic house museums and have worked previously at the Seward House Museum, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion. I currently serve as a Collections & Furnishings Specialist for Fair Lane: The Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn, MI.
After completing an object report for a Macaroni influenced waistcoat in the collection of Mary Doering, I became interested in objects that represented the histories of individuals outside the stereotypical binaries of gender and sexuality. A Survey II class taught by Heidi Nasstrom Evans included a discussion of Craft in America's Stories of Service Episode that profiled members of the armed forces who channel their complex relationships with military service into their works. This link between identity formation and contemporary craft inspired my research into LGBTQ makers who incorporate queer narratives and symbols into their works using traditional craft processes.
What has DandyCraft accomplished?
- Interviews with Franklin Vagnone, John Chaich, and Michael Lesperance will be featured in a presentation entitled "Queering the Museum: Case Studies in LGBTQIA+ Leadership & Representation in American Museums" for the Michigan Museums Association's From the Ground Up: Leadership in Museums Conference in October of 2018.
- DandyCraft was the cornerstone of a successful Craft Research Fund Grant submitted to the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. The award amount of $2,000 will fund travel to meet with the artists profiled on the site as research for a master's thesis.
- DandyCraft formed the basis for a conference presentation entitled, "Crafting Queer Identity" presented as part of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association's Decorative Arts & Design Panel in Atlantic City.
- DandyCraft was recognized by the Smithsonian-Mason History of Decorative Arts Program through the receipt of The Rita O'Hara Fellowship Award of $500 to cover travel expenses associated with presenting "Crafting Queer Identity".
- DandyCraft formed the basis for a successful scholarship application to attend the American Craft Council's Present Tense Conference in Omaha, Nebraska in October of 2016.